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A.W. Faber In America: 1850

Photograph of Lothar von Faber’s portrait, from an original copy of The Lead Pencil Manufactory of A. W. Faber at Stein near Nürnberg, 1865. A.W. Faber’s efforts to establish an agency in America began in 1843. By 1849 Lothar Faber’s younger … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber Polygrades: Old and New

In honor of Lothar von Faber’s 200th birthday, Faber-Castell has released a limited edition set of Polygrade pencils. Though it’s all too common today, von Faber was the first to offer a set with pencils of varying grades; some included an … Continue reading

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Bleyweißstefftmacher: The Vagaries of Pencil History

The further back you look into the history of wood-cased pencils the more unreliable the information, if you happen to find the information at all. That’s likely true no matter what it is you’re researching, and one simple explanation is … Continue reading

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